How to Apply

Required Background for Admission

  • Applicants for the Master of Arts degree must hold an earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must give promise of meeting the standards set by the School. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.67 is strongly recommended.
  • Applicants for the Sixth Year Certificate must hold an earned Master's degree from an accredited college or university, completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • Additionally, individual departments may set specific requirements concerning interviews, adequate scores on tests, course waivers, computer literacy and major and distribution of undergraduate coursework.

Background Check & Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting and background checks are required for certification programs. Please contact your course instructor and/or program director for updated information.

Types of Admission

Types of Admissions and Procedures

There are two types of admissions to GSEAP:

  • Formal admission
  • Non-matriculated status

Formal Admission

Formal admission is necessary to pursue a complete degree or certification program.

Formal admission is necessary to pursue a complete degree or certification program. Those seeking formal admission to a degree program must submit the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office located in the Kelley Administrative Center:

1. A completed online formal application along with a non-refundable application fee of $60.

2. All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3. At least two letters of recommendation. Suggested recommendations include your undergraduate or graduate professors; your major advisor; your work supervisor; or a professional in the field that you wish to study who knows you.

4. Applicants for all state certification programs must also:

  • Have taken one of the following tests: the Praxis Core, SAT, ACT or GRE and provide official scores for their file. Applicants who do not have passing scores on one or more sections may be required to remediate any deficient area. Remediation may include re-taking and passing the sections that were not passed, taking additional coursework, or other remediation activities. If additional courses are required the candidate must complete the coursework at a grade of B (3.0) or above and provide an official transcript to the Dean's Office prior to student teaching or internship. Please see advisor for additional details and recommendations. If students provide their social security number to ETS www.ets.org/praxis when registering for the Praxis Core exam, the reported score will automatically be uploaded to their Fairfield application file. Fairfield University's code is 3390.
  • Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.67 (B-) or above. Waiving of this minimum GPA requirement is on a case by case basis by departmental approval. Minimum GPA Waiver Process Form

  • Pass an Admissions Interview

Non-matriculated option

Under our Non-Matriculated Status option, qualified students may begin studies before completing the formal application process or gaining admission to a degree or certification program. This option provides a wonderful opportunity for qualified students to explore degree options and to confirm personal goals and readiness for graduate study. Qualifications considered include a Bachelor's degree (required) and other qualifications related to your preparedness for graduate-level studies in the field of interest to you.

The non-matriculated application process is simple and involves the following steps:

  1. Apply online
  2. Submit the $60 application fee
  3. Answer "Yes" to the Non-Matriculated student question
  4. Choose term to begin course work
  5. Upload unofficial undergraduate transcript with degree posted to application file*
  6. Contact the GSEAP Dean's office at 203-254-4250 to be directed to the appropriate advisor for an interview

* In order to become a fully matriculated student see Formal Admission Process

Non-matriculated status students may take a total of six credits in certification programs or nine credits in non-certification programs prior to formal matriculation. Courses will count toward degree or certification requirements with formal admission; however, successful completion of coursework does not automatically guarantee formal admission.

Maximum credits allowed before formal admission

The total number of credits earned before formal admission to a program (i.e., the total number of transfer credits plus any credits earned as a non-matriculated student) may not exceed 6 (six) credits for applicants to certification programs or 9 (nine) credits for applicants to non-certification programs.

Immunization requirements for fully matriculated students

Connecticut State law requires each full-time or matriculated student to provide proof of immunity or screening against the following:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Meningitis
  • Tuberculosis

Certain exemptions based on age and housing status apply. More detailed information and the required downloadable form is available at www.fairfield.edu/immunization.

Matriculating students are defined as those enrolled in a degree seeking program. Non-matriculated students do not need to complete the immunization requirement until they are fully admitted into a degree seeking program.

Course registration

Although this is not required to complete an application, you must provide proof of immunity/screening prior to course registration. You will not be allowed to register for classes if the immunization information is not on file with the Student Health Center. An immunization hold will be placed on your account until the requirement is met.

Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Student Health Center. Please consult your private health care provider to obtain the necessary immunizations. Questions may be directed to the Student Health Center: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2241 or e-mailed to Health@fairfield.edu

U.S. Students

Application instructions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S.

International Students

Application process and instructions for International Students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the GREs (Graduate Record Exam) to be admitted?

No. The GREs are not required for admission to any of the programs offered by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

 

Will I need to take any entrance test(s)?

Yes - if seeking admission to programs leading to an initial educator certification. You will need to provide documentation of scores on the Praxis Core, SAT, ACT, GRE, or equivalent test. If you provide your social security number to Educational Testing Services (ETS), the reported score will automatically be uploaded to your Fairfield application file. Fairfield's code is 3390.

 

What is a certification program?

A program that leads to Connecticut State Department of Education certification as a classroom teacher or a school support professional (such as a school psychologist or school counselor).

 

What is a non-certification program?

Programs like the one in Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Applied Psychology are considered non-certification programs since they do not lead to state certification. However, Marriage and Family Therapy AND Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs do lead, with the MA degree and additional clinical experience, to Connecticut licensure.

 

When are classes offered?

Most classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:55-6:55 p.m. and 7:15-9:15 p.m. Some classes are offered on weekends. Very few professional classes are offered during the day.

 

How long will it take me to complete a certification or degree program?

This depends on how many courses you take each term. A part-time graduate student takes 1 to 2 courses per semester while a full-time student must take 3 or more courses. Most courses are 3 credits each. The time to completion also depends on how many credits are required for the program. Both certification and degree requirements vary by program.

 

How many credits are required for degree and/or certification?

A minimum of 33 credits is generally required for graduation for the MA degree and 30 credits for the SYC degree; some programs require more credits for the MA, such as the Counselor Education Program (48 credits) or the Marriage and Family Therapy Program (60 credits). State educator certification credit requirements vary with the certification desired. It is possible to complete the certification and degree programs concurrently or separately.

 

Is there a time limit to complete a degree program?

Students need to complete all degree requirements and file an application for graduation within six years from the date of enrollment in the first course completed for credit toward the degree

 

Can credits taken elsewhere be transferred to a degree and or degree/certification program at Fairfield University?

For certification programs, as many as six credits may be transferred if they relate to the candidate's present program. For non-certification programs, as many as nine credits may be transferred if they relate to the candidate's present program. Documentation (e.g., syllabus, course description, work done) to demonstrate the equivalence or quality of the courses for which transfer credit is requested may be required.

Note: The total number of credits earned before formal admission to a program (i.e., the total number of transfer credits plus any credits earned as a non-matriculated student) may not exceed 6 (six) credits for applicants to certification programs or 9 (nine) credits for applicants to non-certification programs.

 

Have other questions? - Contact graded@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4250.

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Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Please be advised that the following must be received at the graduate admission office on or before the application deadlines given below in order for your application to be reviewed for formal admission by your program of interest: formal admission application and fee, supplemental application, personal statement, resume, two references on forms provided and all transcripts. Praxis Core scores or waiver (if necessary) must be submitted and on file before you can be formally admitted.

Program
Applied Psychology Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
Bilingual Education Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and  all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
Counselor Education
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling
and School Counseling)
October 1, January 15
Secondary Education Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
Teaching and Foundations Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
Educational Technology Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
Elementary Education Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
Marriage & Family Therapy October 1, January 15
Family Studies October 1, January 15
School Psychology December 1
Special Education Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
TESOL Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.
  • Students who miss a deadline for admission are welcome to apply for non-matriculated status.
  • Applications that are not complete as of a deadline will be held over for the next deadline, to give applicants the opportunity to complete their applications
  • The review process takes approximately 6 weeks from the application deadline date. Candidates who have not received an admission decision letter by then may call the Dean's office at (203) 254-4250 for information about the status of their application.

 

Non-Matriculated Student Status Application Deadline

Students requesting Non-Matriculated Student Status are welcome to submit their application any time before the official first day of classes for a semester. This application is generally submitted during the registration period prior to the beginning of classes. For example, during July-Early September for the fall term; November-Early January for the Spring term and April-July for the Summer term. Your application must be approved and on file before you may register for coursework.

Contact the GSEAP Dean's office at (203) 254-4250 for details and to schedule an in-person appointment. Students must bring an unofficial or sealed official copy of their undergraduate transcript with the degree posted to the appointment.  Students that are Non-matriculated Student Status are not eligible for any tuition or financial aid support.

Application Instructions:

  • Apply online - Graduate Admission Application
  • Submit $60 application fee

 

Registration Deadlines

Registration for 2018-19 terms extends from the beginning dates given below until the first day of classes or until the course maximum enrollment has been met. For Fall and Spring terms, late registration runs through the second scheduled class. No registration will be allowed after the second scheduled class for a course that has met, even if the unregistered student has attended classes in the course.

Both matriculated and non-matriculated students register online.

Non-matriculated students may only register after their non-matriculated status application has been processed in the Dean's Office in Canisius 102.

Registration periods are:

Fall 2018
Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Registration begins on Thursday,
July 5, 2018
Registration begins on
Monday, December 3, 2018
Registration begins on Monday,
April 1, 2019
Registration begins for non-matriculated students on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Registration begins for non-matriculated students on
Monday, December 17, 2018
Registration begins for non-matriculated students on Monday, April 15, 2019
Classes begin on
Tuesday ,
September 4, 2018
Classes begin on
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Classes begin on Monday,
May 20, 2019

Graduate Admission

The graduate programs at Fairfield University provide the tools to get you where you need to be, whether it's career advancement or gaining greater proficiency in your field.
We offer over 40 graduate programs across all our schools, with faculty who are leaders in their fields and actively engaged in research. Start by getting in touch.

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